The New York Times published a profile of a Donald Trump campaign office in Florida, expressing astonishment at the number of non-white people and immigrants working in it.
Recently, the media have honed in on the support Trump has received from white supremacists, and the various positions he takes — such as opposition to illegal immigration — that are allegedly racist callbacks to the days of the Ku Klux Klan.
But when the Times profiled a Trump campaign office in Tampa, Florida, it found a diverse group of Trump supporters that included numerous immigrants.
“For a campaign frequently depicted as offering a rallying point for the white working class, the people volunteering to help Mr. Trump here are noteworthy for their ethnic diversity,” the report says. “They include a young woman who recently arrived from Peru; an immigrant from the Philippines; a 70-year-old Lakota Indian; a teenage son of Russian immigrants; a Mexican-American.”
The group was also politically diverse, including lifelong Republicans as well as libertarians and even ex-Democrats. Several are immigrants or the children of immigrants, who emphasized they arrived in the U.S. legally, often taking many years to navigate the process and become full citizens. Besides concerns about immigration, many also hope Trump can improve the U.S. economy or shake up a stagnant Washington, D.C. political environment.
Despite this, the Times also says “fears centered on race and ethnicity” are why many people in the “unlikely melting post” back Trump. Yet when quoted directly, the Times only cites opposition to illegal immigration and complaints that Democrats are pandering on race.
“When do you ever say you need the white person’s vote?” lifelong Democrat Annette Lux said, as part of what was dubbed a “tirade” against former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mireya Linsky, a middle-aged Jewish female supporter of Trump, is described as harboring a “long list of racial fears and resentments” after complaining about illegal immigrants, opposing outsourcing, and suggesting that President Barack Obama “has a dislike for white folks.”
One Cuban supporter of Trump said he saw some unfortunate racial rhetoric at Trump rallies, but was willing to overlook it due to his distaste for the Republican and Democratic establishments
“I’m turning my cheek to the David Duke comments,” he said.
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